On this Day Factola

Thanksgiving and "The Turkey Trot"


The Cosmopolitan, November 1901

The Edison Phonograph Monthly, November 1904


Thanksgiving Menu originated by the Buffalo Phonograph Company, Buffalo, NY in November 1905, The Edison Phonograph Monthly, January 1907.


To listen to any of the other records listed on the Thanksgiving Record Menu visit KNOSKE'S Music Store Thanksgiving Record Menu.


The Horn of Plenty, The Talking Machine World, January 1907

The Edison Phonograph Monthly, November 1909


The Voice of the Victor, p. 9 (1909) (New York Public Library)


Suggestions for Thanksgiving - Window Display Cards

The Edison Phonograph Monthly, November 1909


St. Nicholas Magazine, November 1911


The Edison Phonograph Monthly, November 1912

The Talking Machine World, January 15, 1913


The Talking Machine World, 1919


"After the Thanksgiving Dinner hear the voice of the Outer World," The Talking Machine World, November 1922


Decca Records, 78 RPM, 1948




Decca 45 RPM, circa 1950

Wurlitzer ad, November 1946

Trader Joe's Thanksgiving ad, 2013


Radio KKYR, November 2014, Jeffrey Collingwood, Thinkstock


Thanksgiving Playlist for Google Play Music

October Columbia Display prepared by the Columbia Dealer Service Department, The Talking Machine World, September 1920


The Talking Machine World, September 1920


The Turkey Trot

Everybody's Doing it!

Dixie Dunbar and Wally Vernon do the Turkey Trot in the 1938 movie Alexander's Ragtime Band. Vocal by Alice Faye. (currently unavailable on YouTube.)

Listen to Everybody's Doing it! from Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band" (via Spotify)


Postcard circa 1912 (PM-0285)


Mutt and Jeff Tobacco Insert Card for Sweet Caporal Cigarettes, circa 1911 (PM-0002)


Itís scandalous! Itís immoral! Itís the ďTurkey TrotĒ!

November 27, 2014 by Karen Fishman and co-written with Jan McKee, Reference Librarian, Recorded Sound Section, Library of Congress.

Read this brief history of the "Turkey Trot" dance which includes links to listen to "Too Much Mustard," Europes Society Orchestra, 1913-12-29 (Victor 35359) and "The Grizzley-Turkey Trot," Arthur Pryor Band, 1912-04-11, (Victor 17111)

Music and lyrics by Paul A. Rubens and Arthur Wimperis. Chappel & Co., Ltd. c1912 - Library of Congress

Irene and Vernon Castle raised the popularity of "The Turkey Trot" by dancing it in the Broadway show The Sunshine Girl.


"Modern Dancing by Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Castle," Published by World Syndicate Co., New York, c1914

(Image 24 Courtesy of Library of Congress)


"I'm Crazy 'bout the Turkey Trot," F.B. Haviland Publ.Co., New York, 1911

The Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection, Johns Hopkins University


"Turkey Trot," Published by Jos. M. Daly, Boston, 1912

Charles H. Templeton, Sr. sheet music collection. Special Collections, Mississippi State University Libraries.



The McKinley turkey - A different kind of Broken Record

Judge magazine, November 28, 1896